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Gregory Kriegsmann, holder of the Foundation Chair of Applied Mathematics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, will speak on “Ubiquitous Waves” noon today in Pardee Hall room 227.

Sponsored by the Mathematical Adventures and Diversions series, the talk is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

The lecture will give examples of electromagnetic, acoustic, elastodynamic, and hydrodynamic wave phenomena present in everyday life. These include radio and television signals, as well as ripples in a teacup. Such diverse phenomena have common mathematical underpinnings that are studied in the area of applied mathematics called wave propagation. These interconnections allow an applied mathematician to grasp problems in diverse areas and make significant contributions to their resolution.

Kriegsman is editor in chief of SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics and associate editor of Journal of Engineering Mathematics, IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, and Wave Motion.

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